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New coronavirus outbreak: Framing questions for pandemic prevention

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Science Translational Medicine  11 Mar 2020:
Vol. 12, Issue 534, eabb1469
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abb1469

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  • RE: Spanish Influenza case mortality ratio

    Is the statement that the Spanish Influenza had "a case fatality ratio of 1 to 2%" accurate, and if so, what is the authors' source? (There is no citation for this figure in the editorial.) I have seen estimates closer to 10% on popular websites. Obviously, with the Chinese COVID-19 fatality rates around or above the cited number (2.3% vs. 1-2%) , it begs the question of how this pandemic compares to the 1918-1919 one.
    Many thanks.

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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